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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Magic \Mag"ic\, n. [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. ? (sc. ?), fr.
?. See Magic, a., and Magi.]
1. A comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which
claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural
beings, or departed spirits, or by a mastery of secret
forces in nature attained by a study of occult science,
including enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery,
necromancy, incantation, etc.
An appearance made by some magic. --Chaucer.
2. The art of creating illusions which appear to the observer
to be inexplicable except by some supernatural influence;
it includes simple sleight of hand (legerdemain) as well
as more elaborate stage magic, using special devices
constructed to produce mystifying effects; as, the magic
of David Copperfield. It is practised as an entertainment,
by magicians who do not pretend to have supernatural
Celestial magic, a supposed supernatural power which gave
to spirits a kind of dominion over the planets, and to the
planets an influence over men.
Natural magic, the art of employing the powers of nature to
produce effects apparently supernatural.
Superstitious magic, or Geotic magic, the invocation of
devils or demons, involving the supposition of some tacit
or express agreement between them and human beings.
Syn: Sorcery; witchcraft; necromancy; conjuration;
[1913 Webster] Magic
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